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Quick-fix kit for Mumsy

They say ‘taking care of yourself is a part of taking care of your kids’ but given the race against time it seems nearly impossible to do so. One common theme I found across all moms is the lack of time for self-care. Of course, there is that constant state of being tired and those “I just can’t” kind of days too. It doesn’t matter if you are a stay-at-home mom or a working mom, you must’ve had those kinds of days. Here is my quick “rescue-kit” I’d like to share with you that helped me feel good at times when I had least energy to do anything for myself at all.

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1. Concealer

This had to be my no.1 rescue item. I have struggled with skin problems most of my life. They only got unpredictable post-pregnancy. A concealer was my magic wand when I needed to look and feel fresh. I would try natural remedies whenever I had the time but for a quick-fix when I had to step out to run an errand, dabbing some concealer did a good job.

2.  Dry Shampoo

Washing my hair frequently is not just a luxury but an exhausting task for someone with long thick hair like me. An application of dry shampoo cleaned my hair, refreshed them, gave them a little bounce and made me feel good- all without water and lather and all the trouble of hair-drying.

3. Deodorant/ Antiperspirant

I like to smell fresh and good. You don’t want to smell like milk or baby food, or a sock. I don’t know what to say.

4. A comfortable Bra

Oh, so important! It’s not just physically appealing but also mentally comforting. If you know what I mean?

5. A pair of black leggings

Black leggings are the new LBD if you are out of time or tired to wax or shave. They go with everything – a dressy top to an oversized t-shirt.

6. Protein bars

I learned this the hard way while I was breastfeeding and going out at the same time skipping meals. Now, I have my favorite energy bars everywhere – from my table top to my car’s dashboard.

7. Caffeine

If you are not breastfeeding anymore and you have a toddler to a teenager to watch, caffeine (any form) is your day-time magic survival juice.

8. 100% Cotton Yoga Pants

A woman’s most favorite thing to wear – all day, every day.

9. Hair ties

Also, ‘I don’t run out of hair ties’, said no girl, ever.

10. Happy songs

I made a list of songs that make me happy for my PPD kit (exclusive post coming out soon). I have a copy of them on most of my devices. I play them on when I know I am about to lose my shit.


Well, a combination of these items or all of these items makes for a good quick-fix mom kit for looking and feeling good. Not perfect, just good and perhaps happy.  If you believe you don’t need it, more power to you.

What do you have in your quick-fix mum kit?


[This is not a sponsored post. This is not the “right” way either. The above content is driven solely from personal experience. For any questions or concerns, write @ writetomumsy@gmail.com] 

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